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Barry T. (Ty) Wilson

Barry T. (Ty) Wilson
Research Forester
Forest Inventory & Analysis
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-1034
United States
Research Interest
  • Geospatial modeling and mapping using forest inventory data
  • Small area estimation using a model-based mode of inference
  • Nonparametric models, such as the k-nearest neighbors estimator
  • Hierarchical Bayesian models and MCMC methods
  • Use of dense time series of satellite imagery (e.g. MODIS & Landsat) to track land cover change and forest disturbance
Why This Research Is Important

My line of research focuses on enhancing the value of the foundational information provided by the FIA program. Rather than requiring our users to become familiar with our complex database of inventory data, we can provide geospatial raster products as outputs from our modeling efforts. These data can be used by scientists, decision makers, and the interested public for multiple purposes, ranging from the preparation of state forest assessments and wildlife habitat models, to maps of current tree species distributions and the projection of future forest conditions. Another focus of my research is on characterizing the uncertainty of these raster products, providing the basis for making statistical inferences about forests from our geospatial models.

  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Natural Resources Science and Management,
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., Economics,
  • University of Minnesota, M.S., Forestry,
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  American Geophysical Union,  2016 - Current
  • Member,  American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing,  2010 - 2016
Featured Publications
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Research Highlights

Nationwide Datasets of Tree Species Distributions Created

Year: 2014
Geospatial datasets of the relative abundance and distribution of individual tree species have been created by Forest Service scientists for 323 species across the lower 48 United States using an efficient modeling approach that maintains realistic relationships between species at each location. The...